Category Archives: USA Hockey

CANTLON’S CORNER: BETWEEN PLAYOFF GAMES UPDATE ON PACK & MORE

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

Cromwell, CT –  After a tough loss on the road in Game Two, where the Hartford Wolf Pack saw a pair of two-goal leads evaporate under the force of the Hershey Bears, the team heads back for a pair of “home” playoff games. Well, not exactly, “home” games because they won’t take place in the Connecticut capital, but at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA.

The Wolf Pack will play in Worcester because the XL Center is unavailable because the Ringling Brothers circus is in town.

After the Game 5 clincher over the Providence Bruins, Chris Mueller noted a trait about his team about this issue. “We’re a battle-tested team,” He said. “Going to OT and triple overtime because with Hershey, it’s going to be the same and each step is tougher.”he Pack have to avoid some of the turnovers, not get in the run and gun game with Hershey they showed they have horses that can skate.

To be successful in these Home/Road games, and quite frankly moving forward in this series or should they advance any other series, the Pack must avoid some of the unforced turnovers they made in Game Two. They also cannot get into a run-and-gun game with Hershey, who showed they have horses that can skate and play at that tempo. The Pack must play as they did in establishing their 3-1 and 4-2 leads. They do that, and they can ensure some success. Continue reading

CANTLON: PACK RALLY ENDS SHORT OF GOAL AGAINST PENS

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

The Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins scored twice in the third period and needed both after a furious late charge by the Hartford Wolf Pack to seal a critical 4-3 win before 4,114 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza Wednesday night.

The Wolf Pack trailed 4-1 and scored twice in the last five minutes to make it a single marker difference, but try as they did, they couldn’t find the equalizer.

Chris Bourque started the comeback as he out positioned Penguins’ defenseman Scott Harrington in front of the net. Bourque easily deposited the rebound of Tommy Hughes shot from the right point at 15:11. Hughes made the play by intercepting Scott Wilson’s clearing attempt off the left wing boards and then launching an effective 55 foot shot that created the rebound. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: PACK GIVING AWAY TWO BOBBLEHEADS IN ONE

CaptureBOURQUE BROTHERS BOBBLEHEAD GIVEAWAY COMING UP SATURDAY, MARCH 7
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“Double Bobble” Features both Chris and Ryan Bourque

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartfrd Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, January 10, 2015: Global Spectrum, operators of the XL Center and Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced a special bobblehead promotion for the Wolf Pack’s home game Saturday, March 7 against the Hershey Bears.

The first 2,000 fans into the game on March 7 will receive a distinctive “double bobble”, depicting both halves of the first brother combination ever to play at the same time for the Wolf Pack, Chris and Ryan Bourque. The bobblehead is presented by Team Ferior. Continue reading

RANGERS: RANGERS LOOKING TO STAY HOT AGAINST FLAMES

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NEW YORK RANGERS at CALGARY FLAMES
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 9:00 p.m. ET
Scotiabank SaddledomeCalgary, AB
Rangers: 14-10-4 (32 pts)
Flames: 17-13-2 (36 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers continue their four-game road trip against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome (9:00 p.m. ET —TV: MSG+; Radio: ESPN Radio 98.7 FM). The Rangers enter the contest with a three-game winning streak and they have won seven of their last 10 contests (7-3-0), including five of their last seven games (5-2-0). The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 17 of their last 24 contests (13-7-4), including 10 of their last 14 games (8-4-2). New York has posted a 14-10-4 record this season (32 pts), following a 2-0 victory against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday. The Flames have lost five consecutive contests and are 17-13-2 this season (36 pts). Calgary lost its last contest, 2-1, against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday in Chicago. Continue reading

FUEHRING: ROSTER MOVES EFFECTING ROADIES

greenville-road-warriors_thumb16SAPONARI RECALLED BY HARTFORD

Banwell activated from injured reserve; Arnold placed on 21-day IR

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Rd Warriors 

Greenville, SC The Greenville Road Warriors, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced forward Vinny Saponari has been recalled by Hartford. In addition, defenseman Mike Banwell has been activated from the 21-day injured reserve while forward Scott Arnold has been placed on the 21-day injured reserve, retroactive to November 27thContinue reading

CRAWFORD: SAPONARI RECALLED

hartford-wolf-pack-logo-150x133WOLF PACK RECALL FORWARD VINNY SAPONARI FROM GREENVILLE

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2nd-year Pro is Road Warriors’ Leading Pt-scorer

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

HARTFORD, December 9, 2014:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the Wolf Pack has recalled forward Vinny Saponari from its ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Road Warriors. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: A THANKSGIVING APPETIZER

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

ROSTER CHANGES 

The weekly Hartford Wolf Pack roster cha-cha-cha continues. Back to the Gwinnett Gladiators (ECHL) heads good guy defenseman, Bretton Stamler, while the Wolf Pack’s ECHL affiliates, the Greenville Road Warriors receive forward Chris McCarthy. Making the return trip back to Hartford from Greenville is defenseman Steve Spinnell who’s played in three games for the Wolf Pack. Spinnell has no points and 11 PM  and a minus-1.

One change to this lineup change is that Bretton Stamler’s life has taken a right turn after he signed a deal with the Hamburg Freezers of the German DEL for the remainder of the season because of an injury to their veteran, former Philadelphia Phantom Frederik Cabana.

According to a team press release, the recommendation to Sports Director and one-time New Haven Nighthawk, Stephane Richer, was from former Hartford and Greenville teammate and current Freezer defenseman Sam Klassen.

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